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Sheffield Wednesday need a strike partner for Fletcher

Contrary to what Sheffield Wednesday’s recent form would have you believe, Garry Monk is actually quite a competent manager.

The Owls boss was appointed for a reason, and his exploits at Birmingham City will have been huge in landing him the job.

The former Swansea boss was appointed at St Andrew’s with the Blues in dire straits after the failed tenures of Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill left the Midlands club sitting 22nd after 35 games.

Monk came in towards the end of that season and kept them up, but it was the next campaign where he showed what he can do.

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Ok, the Blues finished 17th, but they were docked nine points, meaning that if they weren’t handed that sanction they would have finished 21 points clear of the relegation zone, which isn’t bad for a side that were 22nd when the gaffer took over.

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Birmingham still had largely the same squad that was in trouble under Cotterill, but Monk managed to get the best out of two players, and that helped push his side up the table.

The manager took it back to basics and utilised a traditional big man, little man partnership with Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz, and it worked an absolute treat.

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Adams scored 22 goals before earning himself a £15m move to Southampton, and Jutkiewicz was actually WhoScored’s highest-rated Championship player last season due to his performances.

Unfortunately, Monk hasn’t had the personnel to properly utilise this tactic at Hillsborough.

He has the big man, Steven Fletcher has been winning 5.8 aerial duels per game this term, but he doesn’t have a foil making those runs in behind akin to Adams’ role at Birmingham.

Monk’s number one priority this summer should be to sign a strike partner for Fletcher. If he can go back to utilising the tactic that worked so well at Birmingham he could turn Wednesday’s fortunes around.

In other news, Sheffield Wednesday need to make a call on three players’ futures.

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